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First American Weekend Without Saturday Morning Cartoons

Many American kids these days get their animation fix from platforms outside of broadcast TV. Whether it’s through streaming services, Youtube, or even means that fall outside of what’s considered legal – American kids still have access to animated content any time they want but there was a time when cartoons dominated Saturday morning. It used to be that broadcast TV during Saturday mornings is full of kid-targeted animated content and advertisers who knew their target market (the adverts for toys at the time were a joy to watch by themselves.)

The Long Road To Mediocrity – Vortexx Approved, But Kids Don’t Like It.

A curious thing happened on August 25 2012.

A new block appeared on the CW Network – one based on another block that had recently returned.

It is called “Vortexx”. Moreover, its owners – Saban Brands, bought what were the parts of his old nemesis dead company.

The Block however, signaled the true end of the long road to Mediocrity, that now the Vortexx and other co-constituents in what is now called the animation marketplace – now live on and fester in.

How did we get here? It is simple. The business still has not gotten over the issues that have affected them in the past and now it affects everything that deals in animation and in ways people do not understand yet.

This is the second part of a series starting from “Thundercats: Retrospective” – and continuing with the Toonami article, this deals with not only how Saban Brands have become the de-facto “protectors” of a dead and almost dying business model, but how the leader of this brand, Haim Saban, got his revenge over Al Kahn – the man with very little connections – beat him in his own game, came back and now rules over the roost he so destroyed years ago.

Nevertheless, all things have an origin. We must start at the beginning…

Why I miss 4Kids Entertainment, and the problems with Saban’s Vortexx

toonzaki

Thankfully, Toonbarn has done well to show what has happened to Toonzai/Toonzaki and so on. However, here is a point people tend to forget: 4kids was different from the other kids’ companies that existed during and after the last 10 or so years. You have to realize the type of marketplace that existed when the company was at its peak and when it passed on. The problem with people’s recollection of the history of 4Kids is that it doesn’t tell the whole story about why 4Kids did what it did and what it could have done better.

What Happened to Toonzai?

What Happened to Toonzai?

Over the past weekend, we’ve noticed a sudden increase in the number of people who came to Toonbarn while searching for more info on Toonzai. Some of them were even specifically looking for the “new toonzai,” and we felt like we should at least point people towards the right direction, instead of letting them fumble their way through the archives.

Well, as most people already know by now, Toonzai was a Saturday morning cartoon block from The CW that ran from 2008 to 2012, originally titled The CW4Kids before being rebranded in 2010, using the portmanteau of “toon” and “banzai,” which is very apt as the block featured a lot of anime content.

The CW’s Vortexx Announces Holiday Slate

The CW's Vortexx Announces Holiday Slate

The CW’s Vortexx programming block has just announced its special holiday programming slate for December. The slate includes notables such as the Internet smash hit Gummibar in the Yummy Gummy Search for Santa, as well as the North American premiere of Spike Saves Christmas and Spike’s Reindeer Rescue.

The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa features Youtube sensation Gummibar as he appears in his first singing and dancing filled Christmas special. The story focuses on the eponymous bear and his wacky band of friends as they shake their booties from the north pole to the tropics on a madcap search for Santa, who conveniently goes missing on Christmas Eve. Scheduled for Saturday, December 1 at 8 a.m.

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